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My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

Simon Deng on Day 40 of Hunger Strike to Save South Sudan

June 24, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Today, The New York Times at last ran a cover story on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Here in New York City, Simon Deng, escaped slave and human rights advocate, continues his hunger strike. He is now on Day 40 with no solid food and...

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Soul of America hurts today

June 18, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Today the vicious and cowardly mass shooter who killed nine people at a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. was arrested.

To call what this lowlife did vicious, evil, and cowardly would of course be an...

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Look at the Cuteness

June 7, 2015

by Heather Robinson

…and strength of this beautiful horse! The first triple crown winner in 37 years, American Pharoah won the third race in the Triple Crown tonight in the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York.

The fact that tonight’s win comes after 37...

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Do Black Lives Matter?

June 1, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Simon Deng on Day 18 of Hunger Strike to Save South Sudan

He is a free man now, and he’s determined to use that freedom to stir President Obama to “save the lives of untold millions of Africans” who are in danger of dying in Southern...

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Hunger Striker Finishes Day 15 to Save South Sudan

May 29, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Simon Deng, escaped slave and human rights activist, is finishing Day 15 of his hunger strike to save South Sudan.

“I’m feeling all right; the body is not here but the spirit is strong,” he told me today.

Deng, 55, has not...

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Escaped Slave Calls On President Obama to Speak Out, Halt Violence in South Sudan

May 22, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Sudanese-American human rights activist Simon Deng is entering day seven of his hunger strike to petition President Obama to act in order to “save the lives of untold multitudes of Africans and their country … South Sudan,” according to an...

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Why New York Women Wish They Lived in the ‘Mad Men’ Era

May 15, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Post

The final episode of AMC’s “Mad Men” this Sunday heralds the end of a TV era. The show’s seven seasons covered the turbulent decade from 1960 until 1970, dramatizing changing styles and social mores in the...

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Sudanese-American hero to hunger strike

May 15, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Simon Deng, an escaped slave and human rights activist, has announced the start of a hunger strike to prompt President Obama to show leadership in bringing an end to violence in South Sudan.

“Starting on May 15, I will be starving...

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Rubio Sparks Adelson

April 25, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Greetings from Las Vegas, where I’ll be covering the Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring meeting, among the largest gatherings of conservative-leaning activists in the U.S.

With an 800+ turnout this year, the RJC leadership...

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A Vice Above Rubio’s

April 24, 2015

by Heather Robinson

By now most of the country has forgotten that last week Hillary Clinton, on the campaign trail in Iowa, claimed that her grandparents were all immigrants, when in fact only one of her grandparents was an immigrant. This misrepresentation...

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